Scarecrow Pumpkin Patch

Speech therapy matching game for fall

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This pumpkin patch game is perfect for those energetic and active little kiddos who enjoy getting the opportunity to get up during therapy. This is a great activity that allows your client to have fun as well as receive exposure to multiple sound or process targets.  I always like to get the most out of each activity in therapy. During my games, I ask the client to review each picture before the start of the game. I also ask my client to verbally produce the name of the item shown as they are found. At the end of the activity, I ask, “What did the scarecrow find in his garden?” for a third repetition. This ensures the client is getting maximum exposure to the target sounds.

What you will need:
  • Laminated scarecrow picture
  • Laminated pumpkins (6 to 18)
  • Picture cards with target sound or process on them
  • Tape/velcro

Here is our favorite laminator. It’s extra-wide so you don’t have to worry about your pages getting munched. You can buy it HERE on Amazon.

Instructions:
  1. Hide the pumpkins all around the therapy room.
  2. As the client searches for each pumpkin, have her verbally produce the name of the item shown on the picture card.
  3. As she finds pumpkins, ask her to stick the pumpkins near the scarecrow in his garden.
  4. After she finds all the pumpkins, ask the client to repeat all the items that he found.
notes
  • The number of pumpkins you will need depends on your client. You may need just 3 or 4 if your client has a short attention span. If your client can handle more, you could do as many as 16 to 18.
  • Use an artic deck or whatever materials you already have in your therapy room to use for picture cards.
  • If you’re crunched for time, ask you client to hide the pumpkins around your room. Then you can turn off the lights and have her look for the pumpkins she hid.

So there you have it! Show us pictures of your Scarecrow Pumpkin Patch. Tag us on Instagram @the_speech_girls.

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